WHAT'S KEEPING YOUR MUNICIPALITY
the answer to that question depends on whether you live in or outside of
the Halifax area. On December 4, 1998, the Nova Scotia government
bowed to pressures from the pesticide industry and passed legislation that
left 54 of the 55 NS municipalities defenseless to regulate the use of
urban pesticides (see Section 172(1)j, page 76, The Municipal Government
Act (NS Government Bill 47). Shockingly, these 54 communities are
now prohibited from ever passing bylaws regulating urban pesticide use.
This marks the
first time such restrictive legislation has been passed in
Canada. On the other hand, HRM has the ability to pass a
more positive bylaw to regulate the use of urban pesticides.
Sectiooon 533,pages 225,226). Among other features, this legislation
With certain exceptions,
the many public presentations were generally well received.
. Wayne Gaudet, Minister of Housing and Municipal Affairs, thanked "all
those who took the time to make presentations to the Law Amendments Committee."
At the Second Reading for Bill 47, Dr. John Hamm, Leader of the PC's, commented
on the unreasonable barriers
At Third Reading
(for the now amended Bill 47), Mr. Kevin Deveaux, MLA (NDP), Cole Harbour-Eastern
Passage, eloquently summed up the situation with these words.
Certainly it is not satisfactory to deny to some Nova Scotian children the important jurisdictional protections against pesticide exposures that have been provided for others in the province. Aren't all of our children and communities equally deserving of the best we can offer them, and a healthy environment in which to grow, free from the hormone disrupting house and garden pesticides that wreak havoc with growth and development?
As for the residents of HRM, unless they can translate the jurisdiction they now have into the actual passage of a pesticide bylaw which will reduce urban pesticide exposures through effective regulation, they still have no protection at all from the cancer causing pesticides being released in their neighbourhoods. Unless HRM residents demand quicker progress and more energetic public education initiatives from their municipal government right now , delay and apathy will continue to prevail.
Only time will
prove how well and how quickly we can move to protect our communities.
Let us hope that our gift to our children in the new millenium will be
a world in which they receive no further exposures to toxic lawn pesticides!